The World Series is nearly over. Albert Pujols is a game away from becoming a free agent. Prince Fielder is already there. The St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers will duel for the 2011 title over the next two nights, but as they do, the other 28 teams will continue to hunker down and prepare to improve themselves in 2012.
This offseason should be fun to watch. Two GM vacancies and a number of managerial changes will change the direction of franchises. Legendary players will retire; others will take one last trip around their circuit. Pujols, Fielder, CC Sabathia and at least one other player will hit nine-figure jackpots. Big trades will happen, and I mean BIG trades—perhaps bigger ones than we have seen in three or four years in the Hot Stove League.
Fire up those third-base coaching assignment fantasy leagues. Grab a pencil and paper for your free-agent pick 'em contests. The future is now. Here are 50 bold predictions for the offseason to come in Major League Baseball.